Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Ps 4

Debbie sent me this text from the hospital: "Jake had a restful night. His eyes are open but groggy. God is our strength tho I am weak and tired." Thanks for prayers of rest - thanks God for meeting us here where we are - so far from perfection - from holiness - we are able to approach the perfect, holy God - who hears our cries, knows are hearts, and he cares.

Psalm 4 (The Message)~A David Psalm

When I call, give me answers. God, take my side!
Once, in a tight place, you gave me room;
Now I'm in trouble again: grace me! hear me!

You rabble—how long do I put up with your scorn?
How long will you lust after lies?
How long will you live crazed by illusion?
Look at this: look - Who got picked by God!
He listens the split second I call to him.

Complain if you must, but don't lash out.
Keep your mouth shut, and let your heart do the talking.
Build your case before God and wait for his verdict.

Why is everyone hungry for more? "More, more," they say.
"More, more."
I have God's more-than-enough,
More joy in one ordinary day
Than they get in all their shopping sprees.
At day's end I'm ready for sound sleep,
For you, God, have put my life back together.

Tom (Dad)


Bob Duffy said...

I read Ps.20 this morning:

May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!
May the name of the God of Jacob set you securely on High!
May He send you help from the sanctuary,
and support you from Zion!
May He remember all your meal offerings, and find your burndt offering acceptable!
May He grant you your heart's desire, and fulfill all your counsel!
We will sing for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners.
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.
Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed;
He will answer him from his holy heaven,
With the saving strength of His right hand.
Some boast in chariots, and some in horses;
But we will boast in the name of the Lord, our God.
They have bowed down and fallen;
but we have risen and stood upright.
Save, O Lord;
May the King answer us in the day we call.

This says it all. Praying for Jacob and all of you,
-the Duffys

einbildungskraft said...

send all of you love and encouragement, strength, courage, and patience before this challenge. From a parent.

Desiree said...

Hi, been praying for you guys. I wanted to share a poem that my mother in law wrote a while back.

If I could answer all your "Whys,"
Erase your heartache, comfort sighs,
If I could ease your sobs and fend off fear,
If I could promise endless health,
More precious far than wordly wealth,
If I could show you proof that God is near,
These miracles I'd freely share,
I'd conquer worry, banish care,
If just the power of love could dry each tear.

If hugs could meet your every need,
My valiant, bruised and broken reed,
I'd give hugs day and night like they were gold.
If prayer assured ubroken peace,
My prayers for you would never cease--
As long as I have breath, I'd vigil hold;
But even though I love you so
The whys and wherefores I don't know...
I only know the One who's in control.

Christ will be your constant friend,
Giving love that does not end.
He'll hold your hand in His and make you strong.
All His promises are true.
He'll lift you up and see you through.
So rest within his arms where you belong.
I pray for you unswerving faith;
For He will keep you ever safe,
And by his power you'll sing the victor's song.

Mari said...

Was sad this morning when Chris took off on his fixie for the first day of school (Jacob's bike safely leaning against the wall in his room...waiting), knowing that he & Jake were excited for their senior year & some classes they chose to take together. As I hugged him goodbye he calmly said, "It'll be ok, he'll be back." Ahh the faith of the young - so confident - so strong to continue on believing the best, and rightfully so...."in ALL things we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us" Rom. 8:37

Was reading your blog Psalm 4 in my Bible & my eye was taken also to a verse in Psalm 3 that I have highlighted....

"You are a shield around me, O Lord,
my Glorious One, who lifts up my head.
To the Lord I cry aloud,
and He answers me from His holy hill.
I lie down and sleep,
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me."

May you feel God's presence this new day as He sustains you and renews your strength & hope & joy...knowing also that you are being lifted up in prayer every moment of the day by multitudes of people who love you & care!

As I look out our window I can see Chris's car that he likes to keep a bit dusty on the back windows so that the words can be seen "Journey - We Love Jacob!"

Jacob will be back!

Victoria said...

Rec'd request to post from Carol:

Amen and Amen!!!

Anonymous said...

From one parent to another, I can feel your fatigue, fear, frustration and torment. My heart and prayers go out to you. I believe the above post is correct. Jacob will be back. Young bodies are so incredibly resilient. I feel so much hope reading the good signs about his body movements he makes on his own. Those are good signs. It boggles my mind when I think of the hard work his body is going through right now to regenerate. I pray for rest for the parents, as Jacob is getting his rest, and has so many talented professionals and loving family members at his side. I pray that Debbie and Tom get the rest and sustenance they need. God bless.

andrew said...

Tom & Debbie,
My families prayers and thoughts are with you and your entire family.
A voice from the past,
Andy "Spanch" Hanchey

Anonymous said...

Hi Mari,
I like what you wrote: "It'll be ok, he'll be back. Ahh the faith of the young - so confident - so strong to continue on believing the best, and rightfully"

Yes, he will be back soon and everything will be all right. Jacob is young and strong.